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Kemper plant employee gag order continued

by Published: February 27,2015

Tags: Kemper, Southern Co.

  Jack Weatherly A Jefferson County, Ala. judge on Friday extended for another month a gag order preventing  a key manager at Mississippi Power Co.’s Kemper County coal-fired power plant from making public statements about the facility. The parent of Mississippi Power Co., Atlanta-based Southern Co., contends that the information would do great harm to […] [...]

PHIL HARDWICK: When Bill Cooley talks, people listen

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Bill Cooley, Business, Cat Island Books, Mississippi, NEWS, Phil Hardwick

Back in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s there was a string of commercials for a stock brokerage firm that featured someone, usually a professional-type in a public setting, having a conversation with another person. One person would ask, “What does your broker say?” The other person would reply, “My broker is E.F. Hutton, and […] [...]

MBJ Business Woman of the Year Top 10

MBJ Business Woman of the Year Top 10 Linda Bynum  The City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce For Linda Bynum, helping others has become a way of life.  The executive director for the City of Ridgeland Chamber of Commerce, Bynum is involved in fundraising for several non-profits, including Hospice Ministries Chapel, American Cancer Society, Adam’s […] [...]

JOSH MABUS — Inbound marketing is fueled by wishful thinking

by Published: February 26,2015

Tags: Business, Josh Mabus, Mississippi, NEWS, Tupelo

I have had many people try to convince me inbound marketing is the most effective tool for marketing in the online era, but I’m not biting. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, it basically says that through blogs, social media posts and search-engine optimization a business can attract strangers to interact with your […] [...]

Lett to retire from Mississippi broadcasters association

by Published: February 20,2015

Tags: broadcasters, Business, jackie Lett, Karla Hooten, Mississippi, NEWS

JACKSON — Jackie Lett, president of the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters, is retiring after leading the trade group for 30 years. Lett has headed the association that serves the state’s television and radio stations since 1984. MAB was founded in 1941. Karla Hooten has been named the association’s incoming president. She joined MAB in 2007 […] [...]

62 trees going down, store, 57 trees going up in Biloxi

BILOXI — Sixty-two protected trees in north Biloxi are coming down for construction of a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store. After the store is built, Wal-Mart will plant 57 trees to replace those lost. The Sun Herald reports the Biloxi Planning Commission on Thursday approved a plan to develop a vacant 5-acre lot. No one objected to […] [...]

TODD SMITH’S SPIN CYCLE — Brian Williams’ trust ratings drop faster than anyones since Tiger Woods

It’s hardly a secret that Brian Williams and NBC are in trouble – more than 46 percent of voters in The Marketing Arm joint TVNewser poll last week said, “his career is over.” Now, headlines in The New York Times and PR Week note that Williams had lost his “lofty spot on a trustworthiness scale.” […] [...]

Rosemary Smith wins MBJ’s Businesswoman of the Year

by Published: February 18,2015

Tags: Business, Businesswoman of the Year, Mississippi, NEWS, Rosemary Smith

  Rosemary Smith was named the 2015 Mississippi Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year today in front of a crowd of nearly 500 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line Road in Jackson. Smith, who grew up as one of eight children in the small town of Raleigh, is the Owner, President and Sole Stockholder of R […] [...]

Hattiesburg police chief, city attorney retiring

HATTIESBURG — Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny DuPree has announced the retirement of City Attorney Charles Lawrence and Police Chief Frazier Bolton. The announcement came at the end of the city council’s meeting Tuesday night. Lawrence said he was retiring to focus more time on his ailing wife and also because he did not want to be […] [...]

2 Miss. history museums close to private fundraising goal

JACKSON — A Madison law firm and a Jackson bank have donated $850,000 to two Mississippi history museums being built in downtown Jackson. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum have now raised more than $12 million. The goal is $16 million of private money to go with an estimated $87 […] [...]

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